As you may have read in the newspaper, the Bountiful City Council voted last week to proceed with building a new city hall, even $10.5 million (it was originally $4.6 million).
I attended the meeting where the vote was taken, and I left completely convinced that Bountiful does not need a new city hall. I was pleased to note that two of the council members (Fred Moss and Richard Higginson) voted against the plan. Unfortunately, their sound arguments fell on deaf ears and they were one vote short of a majority to stop the project.
It is unnecessary to construct a new building for $10.5 million when upgrades (IT and handicapped access) to the current building could be completed for maybe only $1 million or so.
The city proposes to vacate the current city hall and provide the space to the Art and History Center. That is a generous and workable offer, but the city could build a new center as well as an upgraded city hall for probably less than half the proposed costs of just a new city hall alone.
Moreover, most people I know believe the current city hall is beautifully sited, efficient and capable of serving the city for many decades to come.
- Lawrence and Windsor won't trump Utah...
- My view: Balancing personal conviction and...
- Can Hollywood keep the faith in faith-based...
- Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Re-enactment...
- Letter: Policy disagreement
- Mary Barker: The Romney I may have voted for
- My view: Circuit Court's Obamacare decision...
- Letter: Outdated climate
- Mary Barker: The Romney I may have... 69
- Lawrence and Windsor won't trump Utah... 64
- Stuart Reid: Translations of religious... 61
- In our opinion: History will remember... 46
- Dan Liljenquist: Religious liberty and... 46
- Letter: Breeding hate 45
- Letter: Policy disagreement 37
- In our opinion: Use market forces and... 32